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Summer 2006, vol 4 no 2


Eric Lehman


a beech crinkles words
like crowded bookshelf bindings
of elephant skin
  More tragic than the
puling pink pulp of a man,
this butterfly's death
She wears modern clothes,
But in those Baikal-blue eyes
A wintry taiga lives.
  Grandfather feldspar
Teaches a powerful truth:
Rock lives forever.
Lichen kingdoms die
With every careless footfall
but I leave no trace.

poet Eric Lehman is an English professor at the University of Bridgeport. His work has been published by various web journals, such as August Cutter, Niederngasse, Bootsnall, Hackwriters, and Simply Haiku.